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The Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) of Maharashtra has ordered a major chunk of the engineering institutes concerned to conduct classes on regular basis as per stipulated workload for each subject.
Institutions of higher learning offering M.E. and M.Tech courses have been told that they would be solely responsible for any consequence arising out of not conducting the classes, if complaints come up.
Colleges have sections of both Sponsored and non-sponsored student categories. As per information candidates belonging to the "non-sponsored" category face attendance-related issues. Candidates pursuing courses on part-time and full-time basis fall under the "non-sponsored" category.
As lots of students candidates pursue M.E. and M.Tech while doing jobs, and therefore, find it difficult to attend classes on a regular basis.
Maharashtra has around 17,500 seats for M.E and another 2,500 for M.Tech courses.
“Attendance-related issues finally coming under the purview of respective state universities. Through our latest orders, we have warned errant educational institutions and their managements to conduct regular lectures and assign workload according to teachers. Ultimately, it is up to the universities to ensure desired attendance-related norms, as they deal with conducting the examinations," said high ranking official from DTE.
“DTE would invoke stern action if any complaints related to attendance for M.E and M.Tech courses come up in future,” he added further.
Santosh Bhosle, principal of Maharashtra Institute of Technology (MIT), said “many institutes never compromise with attendance matters of postgraduate students. Students should also realize that attending regular classes would be in their interest. In today's age of stiff competition, only candidates with expertise can excel and not those gathering certificates by hook or crook.”
“The ongoing process of academic audits of affiliated colleges should have provisions for cross-checking attendance of students in institutes of higher learning. Affiliated colleges give certification to candidates that he/she has completed minimum 75% attendance as per norms. The academic unit should verify these claims," said controller of examinations at Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University (Bamu)